Springfield woman found in crashed car may have died weeks ago

Published: Saturday, September 16, 2017 @ 12:53 AM

27-year-old Chelsea Marie Dowler's body was found in a crashed pickup along I-71 in Delaware County Thursday, but state troopers don't know when the crash happened.

A Springfield woman was found deceased Thursday morning in a car that crashed along Interstate 71 in Delaware County.

Chelsea Marie Dowler, 27, was found in a 1993 Dodge Dakota, which traveled off the roadway and struck a tree before coming to rest in a cornfield in Kingston Twp., according to the Delaware Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

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The wreck was found by a crew picking up debris, Lt. Bob Sellers of the highway patrol said Friday, The Columbus Dispatch reported.

Dowler had been reported missing, but it’s not clear when the crash happened.

“According to Springfield police, the car was either stolen or taken from the victim’s father without his permission” on either Aug. 20 or Aug. 21, Sellers said.

“It’s a relief to have closure,” Dowler’s mother, Janette Lanum, of Springfield, told The Dispatch on Friday.

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Lanum said her daughter had a drug problem and heroin addiction since at least 2009. Until August she had been doing well for 2½ years and had been getting better after rehab and incarcerations, The Dispatch reported.

“She was always trying to help people,” Lanum said. “She was the sweetest girl I ever knew ... and not just because she was mine.”

Dowler is survived by two sons, ages 6 and 4.

Former Kettering principal named Mason superintendent

Published: Monday, December 11, 2017 @ 1:08 PM
Updated: Monday, December 11, 2017 @ 5:05 PM

Jonathan Cooper, a former elementary teacher in Centerville City Schools and principal in Kettering City Schools, was named next year’s superintendent of the Mason City Schools in Warren County.
Jonathan Cooper, a former elementary teacher in Centerville City Schools and principal in Kettering City Schools, was named next year’s superintendent of the Mason City Schools in Warren County.

A former Kettering and Centerville educator is to be the next superintendent of the Mason City Schools.

This morning, Jonathan Cooper was named next year’s superintendent of the Mason district, the largest in Warren County.

According to a press release issued by the Mason school district, Cooper was an award-winning elementary teacher in Centerville City Schools and a successful school principal in Kettering City Schools.

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A Martha Holden Jennings Scholar and former Ohio Teacher of the Year nominee, Cooper was able to successfully merge two diverse elementary school staffs and communities into a strong, thriving and unified Southdale Elementary in Kettering in 2010.

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In Mason, Cooper will replace Superintendent Gail Kist-Kline, who is retiring at the end of the 2017-2018 school year.

“To keep us moving forward, we want a values-driven leader who will support our world-class teachers and staff while continuing to cultivate innovation and guide us through a constantly evolving financial and regulatory landscape,” said Matt Steele, president of the Mason school board said in the press release. “The great news for our students, staff and community is that we already have a visionary, humble, community-oriented leader who has built deep relationships with district partners and business leaders and helped make Mason a leader in innovation and professional development - our current Chief Innovation Officer, Jonathan Cooper - who we are thrilled to appoint as Dr. Kist-Kline’s successor.”

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The Mason City Schools Board of Education is to appoint Cooper as superintendent, effective July 1, 2018, at its regular meeting on Tuesday.

“I am honored that the School Board has entrusted me with this great responsibility. It is such a joy to be able to serve Mason’s students, staff, families and community in an even deeper way. I have been fortunate to work closely with Dr. Kist-Kline and learn from her courageous leadership, and I’m excited to build on the foundation that she and our school board and dedicated staff have firmly established,” said Cooper in the release. “As a second generation educator, learning is my family’s passion, and it is our mission as a family to serve our community’s schools.”

Cooper was named deputy superintendent beginning Jan. 1. In that expanded role, he will oversee key personnel and master facilities plan decisions, in addition to his current duties.

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He joined the district in 2014 as chief innovation officer. He led the development of the Mason Experiential Learning Program.

Also this fall, Cooper was awarded the 2017 Excellence in Education Award and the 2017 Rising Star Award from the Mason Deerfield Chamber of Commerce.

Cooper earned his bachelor’s of education with a concentration in science from Ball State University, his master’s of science in educational leadership from the University of Dayton.

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Jonathan and his wife, Michelle, are parents of Henry, age 12, Wyatt, age 9, Myles, age 7, and Tessa, age 5.

“This is a big move for our family because one of our core family values is living an integrated life where we are able to live out our mission by serving our local community and authentically connecting with our neighbors. We look forward to moving to Mason and already have stock in a lot of Mason green,” Cooper said.

Safe ride service operator accused of sexually assaulting Miami U students

Published: Monday, December 11, 2017 @ 4:53 PM
Updated: Monday, December 11, 2017 @ 5:03 PM

Sherman Jackson II (Courtesy/Butler County Jail)
Sherman Jackson II (Courtesy/Butler County Jail)

The owner/operator of “Sherman’s Safe Ride,” a taxi service that caters to Miami University students, has been jailed on charges accusing him of sexually assaulting students. 

According to Oxford police, two females filed separate reports with police accusing 38-year-old Sherman Jackson II of sexually assaulting them in his vehicle. According to the complaints, the incidents occurred Dec. 8 and 9. 

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Both women are 21 and MU students. 

Jackson was arrested and is being detained in the Butler County Jail on two counts of rape, two couns of kidnapping. Police said the investigation of both cases is continuing. 

The Oxford Police department asks anyone who has additional information about the incidents to call the police tip line, 513-524-5268 or CrimeStoppers, 513-352-3040.

Got a tip? Call our monitored 24-hour line, 937-259-2237, or send it to newsdesk@cmgohio.com

Northwestern investigating allegations against superintendent

Published: Saturday, December 09, 2017 @ 3:40 PM
Updated: Monday, December 11, 2017 @ 3:54 PM

Northwestern School Board investigating alleged unprofessional conduct

The Northwestern Local Schools board of education is investigating allegations against its superintendent of unprofessional conduct, according to a statement from the board’s attorney.

“The superintendent is aware of the investigation and is not reporting to work to allow for a thorough and expeditious investigation,” the statement says. “Once the investigation has been completed, the board will take whatever action it deems is in the best interests of the district and the students it serves.”

Superintendent Jesse Steiner stopped reporting to work on Nov. 26, according to school board President Donna Myers. She declined to give any further details on the reason for the investigation.

Steiner couldn’t be reached for comment on Saturday.

He was hired by the district in June 2015 following the departure of Tony Orr who became superintendent of Hamilton City Schools.

Before coming to Northwestern, Steiner served as superintendent of Celina City Schools since 2012. Before that he was superintendent of the Hicksville Exempted Village district in Defiance County for two years.

High school principal Lori Swafford is second in command at the district and therefore will fill in for Steiner, Myers said.

Northwestern’s long-time treasurer David Bollheimer announced his retirement in mid-November. He’s been with the district for 27 years and will leave at the end of the month.

Editor’s note: An earlier version of this story incorrectly reported Superintendent Jesse Steiner’s work status.

Local father’s emotional heart-warming talk with daughter goes viral

Published: Monday, December 11, 2017 @ 3:08 PM

Man talks to kid posted on Facebook

A video of a Kettering man consoling his daughter has gone viral with its positive message. Randy Gaines didn't know his wife, Deceena Gaines was recording him at the time, but neither of them knew the video was going to reach over 3.2 million views by Monday afternoon. 

On Dec. 2, Gaines found his 6-year-old daughter upset in her room because he had teased her by calling her a name after a book he reads to her, "Moody Moose Buttons." Gaines said his family of six are very playful and like to tease each other. "We are very close," he says. 

Gaines said he began to talk with his daughter and got her to open up about what was bothering her. He discussed with her how to handle her emotions and to talk with him in the video. 

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Gaines said he thinks the story is viral because, "It's an open, honest, genuine moment that was very personal and positive. I don't think you see a lot of that in the media or online. Most people aren't used to seeing this parenting style. People all over the country are reaching out. A lot of people have said they didn't receive this as a child and are going to do this for their kids." 

The local father is honored, humbled, and flattered with all of the positive feedback.